Glau­coma re­minder

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS -

ANY­ONE with a fam­ily his­tory of glau­coma is urged to have their eyes ex­am­ined reg­u­larly. World Glau­coma Week kicks off on Sun­day and lo­cal op­tometrist Laura Hen­der­son of Coral Sea Eye­care said there is a four times greater like­li­hood of de­vel­op­ing the dis­ease if a fam­ily mem­ber has glau­coma. “Peo­ple with a fam­ily his­tory of glau­coma need to have their eyes ex­am­ined ev­ery two years,” she said. “It is cru­cial for peo­ple with glau­coma to speak to their fam­i­lies so they un­der­stand the ne­ces­sity of reg­u­lar eye ex­am­i­na­tions.” Glau­coma can lead to per­ma­nent blind­ness but can be treated ef­fec­tively, es­pe­cially if it is de­tected early.

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